Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the month “December, 2014”

Coal Auger

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We ran across this rusty, well-worn Salem Tri-(?)ead MC Mul-T Coal Auger (made in Salem OH) on the grounds of a strip mine in Harlan County KY.  Looks like the company just shoved it to the side of the road and drove away. Once, it was a very boring machine <snicker>.

Robbins Chapel School

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This is in Lee County VA, just off Hwy 766 (36.83452, -82.97876).  It’s on private property and is derelict.  There was an earlier Robbins Chapel School.  There’s a picture of it on this webpage.  This structure looks to be from the 50s.
The real Robbins Chapel is near here, on Hwy 606.  Nearest town is Keokee.

Keokee Coke Oven

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This is a remnant of one of the 200 coke ovens that once lined the valley behind the extant power building along what is known now as Fire Hall Road in Keokee VA.  A rail spur brought the coal in and took the coke out, bound for steel mills in the north.
If you look carefully, you can see the curve of the right side of the heavy piece of brickwork.  That’s firebrick that lined the inside of the oven.
My friend Mr. Stone (an expert in topo maps, Google Earth and the old coal mines and towns in Southwest Virginia) and I saw these ovens intact maybe five years ago. When we came back some time later to take photos, they were all gone.

Paraphrasing Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages”, I was older then, but I’m younger than that now and I always carry a camera with me.

Reference Jewell Ridge

Delphia KY

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You’d have to go a long way, maybe a couple of miles, to find a more comfortable looking U.S. Post Office.  Delphia KY 41735.  Unique sign, too.

Big Stone Gap

The cleaned up period bus station in Big Stone Gap.  Looks really sharp!

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Five crosses

The crosses that memorialize the five miners who died on May 20, 2006, in a methane explosion at Darby #1 mine in southeast Kentucky.
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